The ROON integrated MERGING+PLAYER is a music streamer and pre amp in one making your life very simple again.  The combination of the best music player available and the best sounding DAC allows you to access your music library remotely from a tablet or phone and connect directly to your amplifier or listen on headphones with the purest sound ever. It doesn’t get any simpler!

At the heart of the MERGING+PLAYER is the RoonCore elegantly controlled by any Roon Remote on a tablet, smart phone or computer.

MERGING+PLAYER simply connects to your home network via an Ethernet cable to access your music library directly on any NAS or server as well as connecting external USB drives or memory sticks with two dedicated USB ports.

Plug the MERGING+PLAYER into your home Wifi router and you are connected to the Roon server.  Roon looks at your music and finds photos, bios, reviews, lyrics and concert dates and makes connection between artsists, composers, performers, conductors and producers.  Within Roon you can sign up to Tidal High Fidelity music streaming services where you have access to over 25 million tracks of lossless quality music.

Proven Concept

MERGING+PLAYER uses the same audio output components and offers identical audio quality as the original MERGING+NADAC which has received rave reviews and awards from the worlds audiophile press. Both are designed to be connected directly to your amplifier or active speakers for a one box solution. No need for a separate pre amp as the integrated volume control and source selection is built in.

As with the original MERGING+NADAC, MERGING+PLAYER enables connection to any player, server or computer on the network and its AES, Optical and Coaxial SPDIF inputs allow other digital equipment to be connected. These are identical features to the original MERGING+NADAC but without the need to have an additional computer to access your music files. Simplicity itself!

The music player for music lovers partnered with the professionals choice

While you sit back and listen you can control your listening level, map your channels, check the dynamic range of your track, read the notes, organise your play-list or even equalise your room without using anything more than your Roon app.

MERGING+PLAYER PL2

£13,250.00

The Stereo model with two balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA phone outputs + stereo headphone output with separate volume controls. The 8 channels of the ESS Sabre ES9008S Reference D/A converter are merged into 2 for improved linearity, greater dynamic range and a lower noise floor.

STEREO
Merging+Player PL2

MERGING+PLAYER PL8

£14,270.00

The 8 channel model can be set at any time to operate in 8 discrete channel mode for surround sound music or stereo mode to enjoy the same advantages of merging 8 into 2 channels as the stereo version.

8 CHANNEL
Merging+Player PL8

A typcial network configuration for the MERGING+PLAYER

Network Configuration

Connect your MERGING+PLAYER and your computer to the same switch or WiFi router and enjoy audio playback form that computer and remote control from any smartphone or tablet.

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Superb specifications for both the MERGING+PLAYER & MERGING+NADAC

MERGING+NADAC and MERGING+PLAYER share the exact same audio specifications and features as described below.

However MERGING+PLAYER includes an additional internal CPU that runs RoonCore on Linux RoonOS and implements a Roon Endpoint. It connects internally through RAVENNA to the MERGING+NADAC with the same characteristics and flexibility as an external computer running Roon.

MERGING+NADAC and MERGING+PLAYER are available in two versions: Stereo or 8 channel

No-compromise headphone outputs

Both versions have separate headphone outputs using the same method of combining the channels for uncompromised DSD/DXD listening on your favorite headphones.

OUTPUT

  • Connector: gold-plated male XLR
  • Impedance: 40 Ohms
  • Max output level: 18 dBu (6.1 Vrms)
  • Multichannel dynamic range: 124 dB(A)
  • Multichannel THD+N @1kHz: -113 dB (0.00022 %)
  • Stereo dynamic range: 130 dB(A)
  • Stereo THD+N @1kHz: -116 dB (0.00016 %)

UNBALANCED ANALOG OUTPUT

  • Connector: gold-plated RCA jacks
  • Impedance: 20 Ohms
  • Max output level: 8.8 dBu (2.1 Vrms)
  • Multichannel dynamic range: 120 dB(A)
  • Multichannel THD+N @1kHz: -113 dB (0.00022 %)
  • Stereo dynamic range: 123 dB(A)
  • Stereo THD+N @1kHz: -114 dB (0.0002 %)

HEADPHONE

  • Connector: 3.5mm jack + 6mm jack
  • Impedance: 40 Ohms
  • Max output level: 14.4 dBu (4.0 Vrms)
  • Dynamic range: 123 dB(A)
  • THD+N @1kHz: -111 dB (0.00028 %)

INPUT

AES INPUT

  • Connector: gold-plated female XLR
  • Input impedance: 110 Ohms
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 192 kHz

S/PDIF OPTICAL INPUT

  • Connector: Toslink
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 96 kHz S/PDIF COAXIAL INPUT
  • Connector: gold-plated RCA jack
  • Input impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 96 kHz

NETWORK INPUT

  • Connector: Neutrik EtherCon RJ45
  • Bitrate: 1 Gb/s (Gigabit Ethernet only)
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 384 kHz, DSD64,DSD128 and DSD256

WORDCLOCK INPUT

  • Connector: BNC
  • Input impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Termination: 75 Ohms, software selectable
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 192 kHz

MISC

  • Enclosure material: Premium machined and anodized aluminum
  • Dimension: 435 W x 435 D x 95 H mm
  • Weight: 11 kg
  • AC voltage: 100V-240V/47-63Hz (IEC socket)
  • DC voltage: 10V-14V (Hirose HR10A-7R-4S)
  • Power consumption: < 30W
  • Front panel display: OLED, 160x128 pixels, 16 bit colors
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MERGING+NADAC was born out of the repeated request from Merging’s mastering and recording engineer customers to provide a DAC for the audiophile market. This would be for their own customers, the music lovers, the high-resolution lovers, the purity lovers, a DAC able to reproduce the same experience, the same transparency they, as engineers, enjoyed in their studio when working on their Masters.

We carefully listened and designed MERGING+NADAC based on the professional audio AD/DA of Horus and Hapi architecture and principle, but with a lot of improvements expected by the audiophile market, like channel summing, dedicated headphone DAC, unique ergonomics and of course a superb anodized aluminium chassis.

Not only did we deliver state of the art music listening in an audiophile environment, but also introduced some radical design enhancements to MERGING+NADAC, like tablet and smart phone remote control as well as some of the recipes which made Horus and Hapi such a great success and revolutionary in their own market. Most notably, the network audio communication through RAVENNA.

MERGING+NADAC ST2

£10,200.00

The 8 channels of the ESS Sabre ES9008S Reference D/A converter are merged into 2 for improved linearity, greater dynamic range and a lower noise floor.

STEREO
Merging+Player ST2

MERGING+NADAC MC8

£11,220.00

The 8 channel version can be set at any time to operate in 8 discrete channel mode, or stereo mode to enjoy the same advantages of merging 8 into 2 channels as the stereo version.

8 CHANNEL
Merging+Player MC8

A typcial network configuration for the MERGING+NADAC

Network Configuration

Connect your MERGING+PLAYER and your computer to the same switch or WiFi router and enjoy audio playback form that computer and remote control from any smartphone or tablet.

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Superb specifications for both the MERGING+PLAYER & MERGING+NADAC

MERGING+NADAC and MERGING+PLAYER share the exact same audio specifications and features as described below.

However MERGING+PLAYER includes an additional internal CPU that runs RoonCore on Linux RoonOS and implements a Roon Endpoint. It connects internally through RAVENNA to the MERGING+NADAC with the same characteristics and flexibility as an external computer running Roon.

MERGING+NADAC and MERGING+PLAYER are available in two versions: Stereo or 8 channel

No-compromise headphone outputs

Both versions have separate headphone outputs using the same method of combining the channels for uncompromised DSD/DXD listening on your favorite headphones.

OUTPUT

  • Connector: gold-plated male XLR
  • Impedance: 40 Ohms
  • Max output level: 18 dBu (6.1 Vrms)
  • Multichannel dynamic range: 124 dB(A)
  • Multichannel THD+N @1kHz: -113 dB (0.00022 %)
  • Stereo dynamic range: 130 dB(A)
  • Stereo THD+N @1kHz: -116 dB (0.00016 %)

UNBALANCED ANALOG OUTPUT

  • Connector: gold-plated RCA jacks
  • Impedance: 20 Ohms
  • Max output level: 8.8 dBu (2.1 Vrms)
  • Multichannel dynamic range: 120 dB(A)
  • Multichannel THD+N @1kHz: -113 dB (0.00022 %)
  • Stereo dynamic range: 123 dB(A)
  • Stereo THD+N @1kHz: -114 dB (0.0002 %)

HEADPHONE

  • Connector: 3.5mm jack + 6mm jack
  • Impedance: 40 Ohms
  • Max output level: 14.4 dBu (4.0 Vrms)
  • Dynamic range: 123 dB(A)
  • THD+N @1kHz: -111 dB (0.00028 %)

INPUT

AES INPUT

  • Connector: gold-plated female XLR
  • Input impedance: 110 Ohms
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 192 kHz

S/PDIF OPTICAL INPUT

  • Connector: Toslink
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 96 kHz S/PDIF COAXIAL INPUT
  • Connector: gold-plated RCA jack
  • Input impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 96 kHz

NETWORK INPUT

  • Connector: Neutrik EtherCon RJ45
  • Bitrate: 1 Gb/s (Gigabit Ethernet only)
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 384 kHz, DSD64,DSD128 and DSD256

WORDCLOCK INPUT

  • Connector: BNC
  • Input impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Termination: 75 Ohms, software selectable
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz – 192 kHz

MISC

  • Enclosure material: Premium machined and anodized aluminum
  • Dimension: 435 W x 435 D x 95 H mm
  • Weight: 11 kg
  • AC voltage: 100V-240V/47-63Hz (IEC socket)
  • DC voltage: 10V-14V (Hirose HR10A-7R-4S)
  • Power consumption: < 30W
  • Front panel display: OLED, 160x128 pixels, 16 bit colors
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Golden ears have told us that our components sound incredible, but we wanted to see if we could improve even more. Removing AC power from the chassis and providing DC from an astonishing hybrid power plant using the highest quality components has achieved the seemingly impossible. If you care about the ultimate fidelity, this is the magic ingredient you must have.

Critical acclaim suggests that MERGING+PLAYER and MERGING+NADAC sounds amazing so that would indicate that our designers selected a fine power supply. There is a body of opinion that maintains that removing all AC components from the chassis should improve the performance even more. MERGING+POWER is the answer.

MERGING+NADAC
with adapted connector for POWER

Both the MERGING+NADAC. and MERGING+PLAYER are available with the upgraded multipin power connector to connect the MERGING+POWER

Merging+NADAC MC8 with POWER connector

MERGING+POWER
unit & cable

£6,740.00

 MERGING+POWER is designed for the ultimate in no-compromise audio performance.

Merging+Power
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Hybrid design - Switch Mode mixed with Toroidal transformer

  • The Switch Mode powers the high current applications such as the main DSP/FPGA as well as the Media Player.
  • The Analog section powers the analog stage plus the noise sensitive digital areas.

+13 volt DC main power switch which can handle 7.5 amps continuous current and has an optimized 2nd order low cut filter to attenuate high frequency noise while preserving optimum transient performance.

 

+16 V/-16 V/+6V main Analog power supplies can handle 1 Amp continuous currents. The optimized 2nd order low cut filter feeds the Linear Technology LDOs (Low Dropout Regulator). This design of LDO has better performance and protection characteristics than most discrete designs.

Instrument grade Real-Time power monitor keeps everything smooth with more than 3kV of isolation between the power and control sections.

  • Copper Foil Inductor technology for ultimate sonic performance.
  • Merging Capacitor Array (MCA) technology mixes three types of capacitor - Polymer + Aluminum + Polypropylene. The latter is designed to aerospace and military specifications.
  • Highest Specification FR-4 printed circuit board designed to deliver military grade performance in a severe environment.
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Networking

The modern world has become dependent on networks and the technology has been designed to be reliable and scalable. As the network capacities have increased, the possibility of using IP networks for video and audio became an obvious choice. Clearly Gigabit Ethernet had sufficient capacity for high quality audio but it was not optimal without an additional protocol adding the required precision and management. There was a suitable choice.

RAVENNA

An open and published IP network technology had been created to meet the demands of national broadcasters and focused on essential requirements of extremely accurate clocking, high resistance to packet loss and very low latency. It could also be adapted to handle DSD and DXD with the help of our engineering team. The added bonus to using an advanced networking solution is being able to send and receive control information as well as audio data. This opened up exciting possibilities in the studio and now you can enjoy these same benefits in your own home.

Compatibility

The RAVENNA protocol comes with standard drivers for any computer operating system. ASIO for Windows, CoreAudio with DoP support for MacOS and Linux. As easily installed and configured as any other driver for USB or Firewire, the MERGING+NADAC RAVENNA driver allows use of any application of your choice to playback your music files, JRiver, Audirvana, iTunes, etc... as well as any music server or streamer able to communicate through those standard Linux, ASIO or CoreAudio drivers.

Typical network configurations

The most usual configuration

Connect your MERGING+NADAC and your computer to the same switch or Wifi router and enjoy audio playback from that computer and remote control from any smart phone or tablet.

Multi-zone

Multiple MERGING+NADAC can coexist on the network and can listen to the same source. Just select the same source on the front panel menu and you easily integrate a multi-zone system.           Each MERGING+NADAC can however be independently remotely controlled with a different volume control.

Multiple network sources

Any computer, music server or streamer connected to the network can be selected as an audio source for the MERGING+NADAC. Any playback application running on any of the computers will appear in the MERGING+NADAC source selection menu, exactly like any internal digital input. A different source can even be selected for the main MERGING+NADAC output and the headphone. As above all sources can be from different application, different operating system, different computer type.